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Sony Will Exchange PS3 Pads |

Since Sony announced that the PS3 pad will use rechargeable Lithium Polymer batteries that can’t be removed once they have died, some people have complained that they will have to buy a new pad once the battery is dead.

Although the North American price point has been announced as $49.99, the European price hasn’t, but I’m expecting the pads to retail at £29.99, so it’s not exactly going to be cheap to go out and buy a new pad everytime your current one fails.

A Sony spokesperson spoke to and tried to calm some of the more concerned soon to be and future PS3 owners about the longevity of the batteries and offered the possibility of Sony doing some sort of exchange to replace pads that no longer work:

“This is a purely speculative story and is largely untrue. The latest generation of Lithium Polymer batteries hardly suffer any memory effect at all, so it’ll be many years before there’s any degradation in terms of battery performance. When and if this happens, then of course we will be providing a service to exchange these items.”

Just exactly what kind of service will Sony provide to replace the pads once they go & will it be free?

I’m not too concerned about the lifespan of the batteries as I’ll have a spare one anyway because I’m prone to smashing my pads during extreme moments of gaming rage! 😡

As long as I get a good couple of years use out of my pads before the battery dies I’ll happily pay for a new pad.

I just hope they don’t break as easily as the PS2 pads…

Sony Will Exchange PS3 Pads


  1. If they use their own batteries once they fail they will burn the evidence so you can’t get another one? 😉

  2. I’ve had my PSP since the japanese launch and the battery works just fine. I’d imagine the batteries in these controllers will last 3+ years at least.

  3. My BS detector is working overtime on this one…You are telling me that Sony is going to start exchanging controllers when the batteries die? Controllers are a profit center for Sony and MS. I will believe it – ONLY when I see it.

    My guess – some PR person knows it will be a couple years before Sony has to put up, so she just tired to score some PR points.

    …I can just hear the fanboys now….”yeah but Sony is going to give us free controllers if ours die!” – Right. 😉

  4. He didn’t say they would be free.

  5. I’m not telling you nothing the spokesperson is.

    And nothing was mentioned whether it would be free or not.

    When Sony announce official plans for what they will do to exchange dead controllers with new ones we can only speculate.

  6. I’m 99% certain, just from the fact that Sony needs to make money, that it won’t be free. As a matter of fact, my guess is that it will be only a slight savings over buying a new one. But it’s just a guess – we don’t know anything for sure at this point.

  7. “I’m 99% certain, just from the fact that Sony needs to make money, that it won’t be free. As a matter of fact, my guess is that it will be only a slight savings over buying a new one. But it’s just a guess – we don’t know anything for sure at this point. ”

    I think that is a good analysis Henning.

  8. Have you ever used REALLY good batteries? They usually live pretty pretty long! I mean 5 years long! Sony Batteries ARE good.

    Notebook batteries are pretty much getting screwed, everytime you use them/load them.

    I have been into RC Car driving nearly all my life and these batteries, if handled correctly, last longer than 5 years!

    I dont think, that the batteries will be a real problem in the near future. Maybe its like with Gary, that the controller dies before the batteries. My first controller from a near launch PS2 still works VERY well (I dont play too much).

    I dont think, this will be a problem at all. These controllers dont need that much power, arent used 24/7 (except maybe some hardcore gamers, which should be able to afford a new controller) and the batteries need much less “watt/kg” (high capacity suffers lifetime!).

  9. Maybe they will just institute a program with retailers that if someone brings in a dead pad you get $20 off a new one (or some other price they deem fair). I wouldn’t worry to much about it but batteries going bad is going to be a problem. How much of one is unseen, but If people use the system for 5-7 years regularly controllers will die.

    I am still hoping that they release a new controller. I like FPS games and the Dual Shock controller sucked. Certain game types are hard to play with the Dual Shock and a new controller is really important to me. I hope Sony releases a new controller, but if they don’t I hope a 3rd party company does. I wasn’t thrilled about the boomerang controller, but atleast it looked more ergonomic.

  10. This is quite a relief. I personally dont think that the life of the battery will be much of an issue, batteries in smaller devices such as these controllers last a pretty long time, unlike laptop batteries.

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